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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26263


Senator TCHEN (9:31 AM) —On behalf of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances, I give notice that 15 sitting days after today I shall move:

1. That the Broadcasting Services (Events) Notice (No. 1) 2004 made under subsection 115(1) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, be disallowed.

2. That the Military Superannuation and Benefits Amendment Trust Deed 2004 (No. 1) made under subsection 5(1) of the Military Superannuation and Benefits Act 1991, be disallowed.

I seek leave to incorporate in Hansarda short summary of the matters raised by the committee.

Leave granted.

The document read as follows

Broadcasting Services (Events) Notice (No. 1) 2004

The Notice revokes and remakes the pay TV anti-siphoning list to apply until 31 December 2005, and provides a revised anti-siphoning list to apply from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010. The Committee has written to the Minister seeking further advice on the following matters.

First, the list in Schedule 1 (which applies until 31 December 2005) does not refer to the 2004 Olympic Games. The Committee notes that future Olympic Games do appear in the second list in Schedule 2. Secondly, the Explanatory Statement indicates that the list in Schedule 2 (which applies from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010) removes Australian Football League State of Origin matches from the anti-siphoning list. In fact, these matches are included in the list. The item which appears to have been removed from the list of Rugby League Football events is “Any other match involving the senior Australian representative team selected by the Australian Rugby League, whether played in Australia or overseas”.

Military Superannuation and Benefits Amend-ment Trust Deed 2004 (No. 1)

This amendment to the Trust Deed provides for the introduction of family law superannuation splitting provisions for the scheme members and their former spouses. New rule 88 applies where a person who has an associate benefit dies. Where that person is survived by more than one spouse and/or child, rule 88 provides for the payment of the benefit to those spouses and/or children. The rule does not indicate whether such payments are to be in equal shares, or whether this is a matter for the discretion of the Military Superannuation and Benefits Board of Trustees. A similar point arises in connection with rule 39, which is amended by this instrument. The Committee has written to the Minister seeking advice on this matter.